then just take it off then when you square up like most people do. also punching the side of a helmet hurts equally bad and nobody has a problem with that.
edit: im not trying to start a war, and im sure we could go back and forth all day like a couple of stubborn asses lol. im just sayin, theres two sides to every story.
I don't think it is as commonplace as a lot believe. Most players simple leave the visor on because it would take too much time to remove just the visor. If they remove the entire helmet they would be afraid of a K.O. punch that sends them to the ice, killing someone one day when he splits his skull open... or in the least, ruining a lucrative career.
But let me just say this. If there is no instigator penalty distributed with a fighting major then there should be some rule that has both fighters take their helmets off. Two men should be willing to inherit the risks of fighting... including crashing to the ice.
If fighting is going to be a part of the game (like it should be), than fighting should be governed properly like everything else.
Edited by BlakKy, 19 October 2010 - 01:27 PM.